Seven years since their launch, the Songlines Music Awards continue to champion the huge amount of brilliant music from around the world. Here are the four nominees in the Best Group category, as voted by you.
For Revival on Island Records
Britain’s favourite folk big band, led by the estimable duo of John Spiers and Jon Boden, scored the biggest-selling independently released English folk album of all time with 2010’s Hedonism. It earned them a major label deal and their Island Records debut is a typically rollicking collection of drinking songs and sea shanties, pristinely produced and delivered with impressive brio.
Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté
For Toumani & Sidiki on World Circuit
The griot tradition of African musicians handing on their skills down the generations continues with the emergence of Sidiki, the 24-year-old son of the world’s leading kora player, Toumani Diabaté. On their debut album of kora duets, the strings of father and son are rhapsodically interwoven to create a rich tapestry of contrasting moods, brimming with burnished melodies and virtuosity.
Show of Hands
For Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War on Mighty Village
The centenary of the outbreak of World War I in 2014 generated many artistic tributes, but few were more heartfelt than Show of Hands’ collection of poetry, music and song in remembrance of those lost. Noted English roots performers for more than 20 years, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer’s songs are joined on the disc by readings from actors Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter.
For Tamburocket: Hungarian Fireworks on Riverboat Records
The Hungarian quintet are a traditional tamburica band, their sound based around the tambura, a plucked instrument common in south Slav music, supplemented by wind instruments and accordion. With a repertoire made up of material from across the Balkans, some of it collected by Béla Bartók, their second album to receive an international release sparkles with foot-tapping joie de vivre.